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2021 Dynasty/Fantasy Preseason Wk1 Game Analysis: Colts 21, Panthers 18 (Extra Notes)

August 19, 2021 11:06 PM
August 19, 2021 11:03 PM

2021 Dynasty/Fantasy Preseason Wk1 Game Analysis: Colts 21, Panthers 18 (Extra Notes)


We got to see the first clues to solve the riddle of ‘who will start Week 1 for the Colts?’, but I actually got more emails/texts on how good P.J. Walker was for Carolina and asking will he be a Sam Darnold takeover option? We’ll get into it all, now…

*Ross Jacobs filed a full report on this game yesterday, FYI.



Dynasty/Fantasy Player Notes…


 -- I thought Jacob Eason (15-21 for 183 yards, 0 TDs/0 INTs) played much better than I thought he would…like a legit temp starter…and better than Sam Ehlinger (10-15 for 155 yards, 0 TDs/1 INT) – and I did not expect to see Eason to look decent or be better than Ehlinger either.

Now, Ehlinger might be the better option to start the season – Ehlinger is a much smarter, safer, game manager QB who can run as a bit of a bully weapon with his feet/thick body…but he has a very soft arm. On the other hand, Eason has a cannon, and he was very accurate here – but he was also just throwing pre-scripted timing passes into soft coverage. Eason could flop Week 2 of the preseason if he faces a #1 defense really playing. However, the Colts face Minnesota next preseason game…so, it’s not a great pass defense to fear. Eason looks like he may earn the Week 1 role after all, but I don’t think the competition is over yet, but Eason is in the lead.


 -- P.J. Walker (10-21 for 161 yards, 1 TD/0 INT) looked better than either Colts QB…in a razzle-dazzle playmaker sort of way. Walker is still a bit small, and a bit inaccurate of a passer to be a real hit in the NFL…but he does make some slick plays and gives you 1,000%. He’s like a new age Tyrod Taylor.

Can he usurp Sam Darnold? Probably not. The Panthers are in a sunk cost fallacy on Darnold. They will not admit easily that they made a major mistake with that trade.


 -- The battle of the rookie WRs…

Terrace Marshall (3-88-0/5) looked solid enough. Had a big play early, but everyone howled on social media about Marshall getting a wide-open pass thrown for him to just take off and run for a long TD…but he was caught from behind by a non-speedster safety, which was perplexing from a supposed 4.4s runner (in Marshall).

Terrace looked to me like a short ‘move’ TE, not a real WR. But I was impressed with Marshall because he’s bulked up his body and can work as a physical force WR versus just a deep ball speedster wannabe.

However, Colts 5th-round rookie is the better WR here…Michael Strachan (3-57-0/5) could be the WR steal of the 2021 NFL Draft. I knew Strachan was promising but I was wondering how he’d transition from Charleston/D3 to the NFL. The answer = quite nicely, and quite quickly -- like a possible future starter/star type WR. You could see it in an instant. Ross J. thought the same.

Someone/WR is in FF trouble if Strachan is already ready to impact some in the NFL and has future star potential – more targets taken away from Pittman-Campbell ahead.

The QB of the Colts in 2022+ is going to have one of the best WR trios in all the NFL…and that’s good for Fantasy for that QB. Should be Carson Wentz, but he slips on a banana peel every year…so, who knows. Whomever it is – they will have a loaded WR and RB group waiting for them.


 -- I agree with Ross J.’s analysis – Chuba Hubbard (7-80-0) is just not that impressive, and his long run play was total B.S. where the defense thought the play had been stopped. Still, Hubbard is in the driver’s seat for that #2 RB spot behind CMC…which props up Hubbard’s value.


 -- Parris Campbell (1-37-0/1) had a nice sprint deep, bomb catch…but still doesn’t look ultra-explosive to me. Need to see more, but I want to see something special…and I haven’t in two years.


 -- Marlon Mack (4-12-0, 1-3-0/2) looked normal/all healed…and thus he will take touches from Jon Taylor for sure. Even if 3-4-5 a game, and heaven forbid if Taylor fumbles early in a game…Mack could slice right in there and cause huge chaos to the touch counts there.




***The 2021 FFM Draft Guide Package is now available – see the FFM homepage for more information, including Combo deals with the In-Season Package and Dynasty Stash reporting.

2021 College Football Metrics subscriptions are still available – all the NFL Draft/rookie prospect scouting reports, Dynasty Rookie Draft (weekly top 350) coverage and analysis PLUS our annual Devy scouting report/rankings summer series begins in July.*** 




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